Slightly opinionated? Perhaps, but, to a certain degree at least, it is true. But when a band aims to create a new and individual sound, they really stick out from the crowd. Periphery have done such a thing, and have made an easily accessible form of the worlds heaviest type of guitar, the new ‘sub-genre’ of djent.
Their debut self-titled album was released on 20th April, however I have unfortunately only just got my hands on it. Right now, it’s only available as an iTunes exclusive download, but the album is available to preview on Spotify. Djent and other such areas of Metal are often quite a niche market, however I really do believe this band make it incredibly easy to listen to and thus, accessible to a wider audience.
Key Tracks – Letter Experiment; Jetpack Was Yes; Icarus Lives; Totla Mad
Whilst those stand out tracks featured above are my personal favorites, the whole album features different sounds that most people can relate to musically. The band have strong D ‘n’ B influences as well, so several songs feature drum breaks and ambient tracks. Don’t be fooled though, this isn’t another Enter Shikari style entry, this band are mixing sounds that some people would think cannot be done.
A fresh experience then, something new for your ears. I’d say give it a go; even if the heavy aspects of djent do not float your boat then there will probably be something for you in the more ambient and slow tempo tracks. An amazing singing voice, great sounding bass, three guitarists and brutally technical drumming provide all the ingredients for a powerful force.